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Good idea Eric. I'll vote for it!Maybe you could make this into a poll?
I agree 100%. The university of California has lectures designed for the basic scientific principals part available for free on youtube, I believe you'll find them if you search for "UC Berkeley Physics for future presidents" or something. Good lectures I reckon.
I was just listening to a Science podcast and the person being interviewed wanted to encourage people who are trained in science to run for Congressional office. This seems a bit unrealistic to me. People who want to study science in school typically want to work in some kind of scientific field, not run for office, so any scientist who gets elected will be one or two at most in his or her house (whether Senate, Congress, Commons or Lords). Perhaps a better idea would be to require anyone interested in running for public office (in which they will be responsible for shaping their national or state policy) to take (and pass) a college level introductory science class. The class should teach critical thinking, basic scientific principles, and perhaps a bit of history.
I think we have a fundamental problem with our systems. Political positions offer plentiful power, status, money and pensions. What kind of people does that attract? I suggest that we start correcting that by changing their pensions to the same as we get in the private sector.If a polititian commits a felony they should be fired.We have the capability to replace most of our "representatives" with machines (much cheaper). Since government offiials are now voting with a PIN, why don't we eliminate them and vote with a PIN ourselves?
CryoSat mission, launched on 8 April 2010, is dedicated to precise monitoring of the changes in the thickness of marine ice floating in the polar oceans and variations in the thickness of the vast ice sheets that overlie Greenland and Antarctica.
Scientists can now tap into a flow of new data that will help to determine exactly how Earth's ice is changing. This information from ESA's CryoSat mission is set to make a step change in our understanding of the complex relationship between ice and climate.
One can't just have groups of scientists working away in their basement labs oblivious to the rest of the world. And the rest of the world using the latest fascinating gizmos oblivious to the science that went into making them.
I suppose you need the Legalese, at least to some extent.But it just makes for lots of paperwork, and very dry reading.And, often a LOT is lost in the legal summaries.
If Case History is the law... then that needs to be searchable, and 100% available to the people... not in the realm of Lawyers.If the "International Building Code", or "Uniform Plumbing Code" is the law... they should not be copyrighted.As far as the 2000 page health care package... Did all of our legislators read 100% of it? Not skimming... every word, comma, semicolon, etc.